December's Recipe of the Month - Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits
This month’s Christmassy recipe has been inspired by my 17 month old daughter, who not only loves biscuits but also getting very messy, and so I thought it would be the perfect activity to get her involved in.
She is still perhaps a little too young to fully appreciate what was going on but she definitely enjoyed it and, if you have children, it is the perfect Winter’s day activity to get you in the Festive spirit.
As part of Ovenclean’s #makeandbake campaign, we also thought these might make the perfect Christmas tree decorations for relatively little cost. I will warn you however, they may not last long with little (and not so little) ones around – at least they don’t in our house anyway!
Makes approximately 18-20
125g unsalted butter
100g dark brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
310g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Writing icing and decorations of your choice
- Heat the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over a medium heat until the butter is melted and sugar dissolved, and then remove from the heat.
- In a separate bowl sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices. Pour in the butter mixture, stir and bring together to form a dough.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to cool in the fridge for an hour or so.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas 4 and line 2-3 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Take around a 1/3 of the dough and flatten it a little with the palm of your hand on a lightly floured surface.
- Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out gently until it is about 5mm thick and cut out shapes using the cookie cutters. Arrange the shapes on a baking tray leaving a little room between them and bake for about 10 minutes until the edges turn very slightly darker brown.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 above with the rest of the dough whilst the cookies cook.
- When the cookies have finished cooking, remove them from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. (If you want to use them as Christmas tree decorations, simply pierce a hole in each one as soon as you bring them out of the oven – be careful as they will be very hot).
- Decorate with your choice of icing and sprinkles and tie ribbon through the hole if they’re for hanging on the tree!
- Enjoy :)